10 Celebrity Moms Talk About Childbirth From the Pain, the Agony & the Drugs (Photos)

Miranda Kerr Talks Childbirth


Childbirth is one of the most excruciating, extreme and profound events in a woman’s life. It’s an experience that all our mothers, grandmothers, great-grand mothers have went through, a family tradition of sorts.

While every birth mother has gone through this life-changing experience, it is still a unique, special, and, yes, painful rite of passage. An experience that every mother has stories about including those glamorous, rich and famous celebrities.

Miranda Kerr thought she was going to die, Tina Fey knew she wasn’t a daredevil and Jessica Alba compared labor to “bad cramps.” Check out what these three ladies, in addition to seven more said about child birth from the pain, the agony and the drugs.


  • Miranda Kerr 1 of 10
    Miranda Kerr
    "I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body. I was looking down on myself, the pain was so intense. I kept thinking, 'How do women do this?' But if other women have done this, I can do it too. I was determined."
  • Tina Fey 2 of 10
    Tina Fey
    "Once I got in the hospital, I very quickly accepted Stadol, which is a narcotic. A lot of women would say it's bad to do that because you are giving your baby a narcotic. But she's fine. She's really, really fine. When I woke up, somehow I was almost completely dilated and the nurses were congratulating me. Then I had an epidural, and I was lucky that it was a good one and effective. I always knew I wanted an epidural. I am not a daredevil. I had lived a drug-free life until that moment. I had never done any recreational drugs, and I felt like I had saved them all up for the moment when that baby was coming."
  • Jessica Alba 3 of 10
    Jessica Alba
    "Contractions aren't that bad. If you've ever had bad cramps? That's what they're like…but that moment when they put the baby on your chest - that's deep. It's a deep experience."
  • Tilda Swinton 4 of 10
    Tilda Swinton
    "In the movies where people have babies and particularly in television films, they are sitting in a hospital bed with flowers everywhere, beautifully made up, they have a baby in their arms and it is all very lovely. Anyone who has been in that zone will know it's a total fiction. It's a truly, truly murderous business…. Giving birth is a violent (thing to go through). It is a bloody business having a family."
  • Gisele Bundchen 5 of 10
    Gisele Bundchen
    "Giving birth was the most intense and life-changing experience of my life... I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time." She added she allowed "my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within."
  • Ricki Lake 6 of 10
    Ricki Lake
    On the birth of her 2nd son Owen, "I wanted to give birth as opposed to being delivered!"
  • Carol Burnett 7 of 10
    Carol Burnett
    "Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head."
  • J. K. Rowling 8 of 10
    J. K. Rowling
    "Poverty is a lot like childbirth - you know it is going to hurt before it happens, but you'll never know how much until you experience it."
  • Christina Applegate 9 of 10
    Christina Applegate
    (On having an epidural): "I didn't like it, I didn't like the feeling of numbness....It was really creepy to me. It was too much, so we turned it off and we opted to go all the way...Feeling it all." But going without an epidural "was profound," she said. "It was profound pain."
  • Bethenny Frankel 10 of 10
    Bethenny Frankel
    "The C-section was less painful to me than Kelly. It was horrendous. Horrendous." - On going to St. Barts with Kelly Bensimon.

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